Events marking 100 years of Bauhaus in Klaipeda faculty of Vilnius Academy of Arts

This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus. Bauhaus is the famous art and architecture school which was founded in Weimar (Germany)  by the German architect W. Gropius in 1919. Bauhaus operated from 1919 to 1933. The Bauhaus art school had a profound influence upon subsequent developments in architecture and interior design. 

Klaipėda faculty of Vilnius Academy of Arts will commemorate the anniversary of Bauhaus too with a row of events. 

On April 15th – 17th Roman Wilhelm will run an international workshop of type experiment (Bauhaus—包豪斯—バウハウス—Πивна́я)+Font.

One hundred years of Bauhaus means one hundred years of a transregional, transcultural and transnational approach on design. In the 1920 and early 30s, the Bauhaus idea found its way to Shanghai, China’s world metropolis at the time, via Japan. Few people in the West are aware of the fact that in Asia, modern design methodology was synced to a process of re-thinking traditional values in visual culture in the quest for a contemporary cultural identity. This workshop let us look at how the Bauhaus idea impacted on Japan, China, India, the Arab world… and how it helped resonate local visual tradition.

The teacher of the workshop - Roman Wilhelm (*1976) is a substitute professor of typography at the Braunschweig University of the Arts, Germany. He studied under Prof. Fred Smeijers for a typeface design master’s degree at the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts. His multilingual typefaces are distributed by Arphic (Taiwan) and on Fontspring. He lives and works in Berlin.

On April 15th at 4.30 pm Katerina Cherevko will hold a lecture/discussion The Shift In Paradigm: The new survey of the VKHUTEMAS' architecture tuition practices.

This lecture is timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the VKHUTEMAS (stands for "Higher Art and Technical Studios"), that is considered to be a major phenomenon in the fields of Russian art, design and architecture in 1920s, and had been strongly influential in Russian design schooling system from 1960s to the present day. The lecture would examine the VKHUTEMAS' ground-breaking education methods from 1919-1920 and later years; discuss the works of the early pioneers of Russian design theory, namely the participants of the noted INHUK group — Kandinsky, Rodchenko, Malevich, Ladovsky, Korolev, Lavinsky, etc. A special focus will be made on "the Expanse" — the VKHUTEMAS' architecture workshop, supervised by Ladovsky — and his psychoanalytic approach for geometric forms' combination.

The head of the lecture - Katerina Cherevko a.k.a. Manya Sol (1978) is a designer and an artist. Since 2013 she is working as senior teacher at the Design department of Immanuil Kant Baltic Federal University in Kaliningrad. Katerina Cherevko graduated from the Vyatka A. A. Rylov Art Institute majoring in interior design and the Saint Petersburg graphic institute of the Moscow Printing University majoring in graphics and book design. Since 1995 Katerina has participated in exhibitions, competitions and festivals. As a designer the artist developed trademarks and corporate styles, layout originals of booklets, calendars, magazines, books, original packaging, worked as a web designer for different companies in Saint Petersburg and Kaliningrad. Her graphic works are in private collections in Germany, Poland and Russia. 

More about Katerina Cherevko

This lecture is open to the public so we are looking forward to all who are interested!
The lecture will be held in English.
Start at 4.30 pm, duration 1.5 hours.
Address: Daržų str. 18, Klaipeda

On April 17th at 4.00 pm Dr. Arūnas Baublys will hold a lecture/discussion during which he will present the survived Bauhaus-style buildings in Klaipėda and the institutions that operated in those buildings.

Dr. Arūnas Baublys will also discuss the importance of Bauhaus style in shaping the „face“ of the town and the significance of this style in shaping the architectural diversity of Klaipėda.

The head of the lecture – Dr. Arūnas Baublys is an archaeologist, historian and the first Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Baltic States. His fields of research cover different topics of Prussian cultural heritage, problems of cultural history of the pherifery, history of evangelical churches and their history of theology. Dr. A. Baublys is a bord member of Palanga Resort Museum and the Hugo Scheu museum, also a member of the Curatorium of L. Reza Cultural Center in Juodkrante.

This lecture is open to the public and we are looking forward to all who interested!
The lecture will be held in Lithuanian.
Start at 4.30 pm, duration 1.5 hours.
Address: Daržų str. 18, Klaipeda

On April 24th at 4.30 pm Prof. Dr. Rainer Schönhammer will hold a lecture/discussion The Bauhauz and the Image of Design.

This lecture will sketch a mood board of the public image of design and its relation to Bauhaus modernism. 

Prof. Rainer Schönhammer will discuss the emerging image in the context of:
a) critical reflections of Bauhaus contemporaries as well as later positions critical towards Bauhaus Design/Modernism;
b) attempts to create an alternative image of design during the second half of the last century;
c) the question whether the Bauhaus is a valid antidote to kitsch.

The head of the lecture - Prof. Dr. Rainer Schönhammer - studied psychology, philosophy and education science. He received diploma in psychology from LMU Munich 1982. PhD in 1984. Qualification for a teaching career in higher education (Habilitation) for the field of psychology in 1990. Interim professorship at the University Regensburg in 1992-1993. Professor for psychology of design at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle since 1994. Retired in 2018. Prof. Dr. Rainer Schönhammer  did research and numerous publications on media, material culture, mobility and means of transport, (sub)cultures and communication, perception, states of consciousness and aesthetic experience and design. Selected monographs: Einführung in die Wahrnehmungspsychologie. Sinne, Körper, Bewegung, Vienna 2013; Fliegen, Fallen, Flüchten. Psychologie intensiver Träume, Tübingen 2004; In Bewegung. Zur Psychologie der Fortbewegung, Munich 1991.

Prof. Dr. R. Schönhammer’s homepage

This lecture is open to the public and we are looking forward to all who interested!
The lecture will be held in English.
Start at 4.30 pm, duration 1.5 hours.
Address: Daržų str. 18, Klaipeda

On April 23rd – 26th  Jörg Frohnmayer will run an international workshop Information Space VR which will be the final event of the Bauhaus centenary events at the Klaipeda faculty of Vilnius Academy of Arts.

“Information Space VR” will experiment with representation of Data in Space. The workshop will think and develop spatial options to create an information space with all the data collected in virtual reality (VR). Main focus will be on the aesthetical change of the collected data when everything is presented within a virtual environment (VE). The topic of remediation1 is a key element when thinking about VE’s because we always bring other media to present in VR. Also the topic of responiveness2 has a big impact while designing for VE’s because of its interactive nature. At the time we enter the virtual world we have already an interactive sensation through the head-tracking. The Information Space created should tribute the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus architecture and reflect is modern and avant-garde origin.

The lecturer of the workshop -  Jörg Frohnmayer is a teacher, researcher and experimentalist in the field of virtual reality. J. Frohnmayer works at the Merz Akademie which is a non-profit, nationally accredited University of Art, Design, and Media in Stuttgart, Germany.

More about Jörg Frohnmayer 

The Bauhaus centenary commemoration events are partly supported by Klaipeda City Municipality, Klaipėda faculty of Vilnius Academy of Arts. 
Project partner - Klaipėda Culture Communication Center.

Contact person: Rūta Jakštonienė
Head of the programme of Contemporary Art and Media 
Tel.: +370 633 52976